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  • 5 hours Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Gerald Butts, Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary and long-time friend, has resigned amid allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered to prevent a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. In a statement, Butts unequivocally denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the office improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the Montreal engineering giant avoid a criminal case on corruption and bribery charges related to government contracts in Libya. Nevertheless, Butts says the allegation is distracting from the “vital work” Trudeau is doing so it’s in the best interests of the Prime Minister’s Office for him to ... more
  • 6 hours Petro-Canada to add more than 50 fast charging EV stations from coast to coast Nationalpost
    Petro-Canada says it will begin to build fast charging stations for electric vehicles from Nova Scotia to British Columbia this spring. It will install more than 50 of the stations along the Trans Canada Highway that will offer the highest levels of charging, called fast or level 3, which channel up to 200 kilowatts per hour (kWh). That is enough to charge an EV battery to nearly 80 per cent capacity in less than 30 minutes. “With more than 1,800 retail and wholesale locations across the country we have the network in place to build Canada’s first electric highway, providing ... more
  • 6 hours P.E.I. appeal court overturns jailing of drug trafficker, 20, who was taken from Cree parents at birth Nationalpost
    CHARLOTTETOWN — An appeal court has found that a judge mistakenly failed to consider the Cree background of a drug trafficker who had been taken from his Manitoba parents as an infant and raised by a non-Aboriginal family on Prince Edward Island. Nicholas George Nash McInnis was taken from his biological Cree parents at birth and placed in the care of Manitoba Child and Family Services. When he was seven months old, he was adopted by John and Brenda McInnis, who are originally from Sherwood, P.E.I., and are not Indigenous. A provincial court judge rejected a joint Crown-defence submission that ... more
  • 1 day Folk artist Maud Lewis’ paintings of idyllic villages, sleds and seagulls a far cry from her dire reality Nationalpost
    Nova Scotians will honour folk artist Maud Lewis this week, whose colourful, lively paintings of rural life gained her national and international recognition towards the end of her life and in the decades after her death. Lewis is this year’s honouree for Heritage Day, a Nova Scotian holiday dedicated to recognizing a person, place or event that helped shape the province’s history and identity. Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine said Lewis’s works encapsulate what life was like in a rural Nova Scotian community in the early-to-mid 20th century. “Maud Lewis has given us an incredible rich tapestry about what ... more
  • 1 day Definition of criminally responsibility weighed in trial of Eaton Centre shooter with PTSD Nationalpost
    TORONTO — A jury considering the case of a man accused of killing two people after opening fire at Toronto’s Eaton Centre six years ago interrupted deliberations on Sunday to ask about the circumstances under which the man could be found not criminally responsible. Christopher Husbands, 29, is accused of shooting at a group of young men at the mall’s food court on June 2, 2012, killing two of them and injuring several others. Defence lawyers have told the court that Husbands should not be held criminally responsible as he was in a dissociative state as a result of his ... more
  • 1 day Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti Nationalpost
    MONTREAL — A group of Canadian missionaries who were trapped in Haiti due to violent street protests are on their way home to Canada. Michelle Guenther of Alberta-based Haiti Arise says the 24 group members were flown out of Port-au-Prince yesterday and most of them will arrive in Calgary this afternoon. Missionaries Wade and Marilyn Fitzpatrick say the group had to be taken to the airport by helicopter because the roads are blocked by burning tires and protesters armed with rocks and guns. They say they’re happy to be home but are worried about the Haitians who risk running out ... more
  • 1 day Calgary house went up in flames after apparent explosion, officials say Nationalpost
    CALGARY — A house was destroyed when a fire broke out following an apparent explosion in Calgary early Sunday, officials said, and several hours later firefighters were still unable to enter the building to check if anyone was home at the time. More than 25 people — some of them several blocks away from the house — called 911 to report hearing a loud bang at about 4:20 a.m., Calgary Fire Department spokeswoman Carol Henke said. “One caller stated that they heard a loud bang and saw smoke and flames coming from a house across the street,” she said. “Another ... more
  • 2 days Erminie Cohen, former New Brunswick senator and activist, dies at 92 Nationalpost
    SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Former New Brunswick senator Erminie Cohen has died at the age of 92. According to an obituary on the Brenan’s Funeral Homes and Crematorium website, Cohen died Friday at the Saint John Regional Hospital. In a statement, Premier Blaine Higgs describes her as a “community leader, passionate member of the Jewish community and life-long social justice advocate.” The statement says Cohen was named to the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women in the 1970s, before founding the non-profit group Saint John Women for Action. She was appointed to the Senate by former prime ... more
  • 2 days Quebecers stranded by Haitian protests flying back to Canada Nationalpost
    MONTREAL — More than 100 Quebec tourists who have been trapped in Haiti due to violent street protests are expected to return to Canada today. Helicopter evacuations began this morning to transport travellers from a resort hotel on the Caribbean country’s Cote des Arcadins to the airport in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Air Transat, which sold the tourists the vacation package, is providing the flight back to Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport. It’s expected to land this evening. The airline had previously resisted calls to transport the vacationers to the airport, citing issues with both logistics and security. Other Canadians ... more
  • 2 days Syrian chocolatier in Nova Scotia aims to give back by helping refugees in Canada Nationalpost
    ANTIGONISH, N.S. — A one-time Syrian refugee who founded a thriving Nova Scotia chocolate company has announced plans to hire and mentor other refugees. Peace by Chocolate of Antigonish, N.S., has committed to hiring 50 refugees by 2022, and to mentor 10 refugee-run start-ups over the next few years. The now-famous company was founded by the Hadhad family, who fled their home in war-torn Damascus in 2012. They arrived in Nova Scotia with next to nothing in 2016. The company was founded shortly after and quickly found success, bolstered by high-profile shout outs like one from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ... more
  • 2 days ‘There’s been a betrayal’ of Trudeau’s pledge to veterans Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet this week has stoked long-standing frustration, disappointment and anger among Canada’s veterans, who say they have been ignored and betrayed by the Trudeau government. The Liberals went out of their way during the last federal election to court former service members, as Justin Trudeau promised to improve service delivery and reinstate a lifelong disability pension for veterans after years of Conservative cuts and inaction. That pension, first introduced after the First World War, was abolished by the Conservatives with unanimous support in the House of Commons in 2006 and replaced by a suite ... more
  • 3 days Conservative leaders speak out against ‘the no more pipelines bill’ Nationalpost
    MOOSOMIN, Sask. — Conservative leaders from across Canada rallied Saturday against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bill C-69. The premiers of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick joined Conservative leader Andrew Scheer on a panel of speakers at the event held to draw attention to legislation that would overhaul how major energy projects are reviewed. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe called it “the no more pipelines bill.” “We have a very thorough process that does work. What we need is a federal government that supports our resource industries across this nation,” Moe told the crowd of hundreds in southeastern Saskatchewan. “Unfortunately what we ... more
  • 3 days Barry Critchley: Supporters’ group succeeds in replacing board of beleaguered Toronto all-jazz radio station Nationalpost
    It took almost six months and in the end, it came down to five votes: if just five of nearly 900 donors to the not-for-profit Toronto jazz station JAZZ.FM had voted differently, the station’s incumbent board would have been re-elected and an insurgency by a group hoping to change the station’s governance would have been defeated. However, at a special four-hour meeting in downtown Toronto Friday, 449 of the station’s member-donors voted to oust the troubled not-for-profit broadcaster’s current 11-person board, while 440 voted to support the incumbent board. “We are pleased with the result and we want to focus ... more
  • 3 days Uyghur activist who sparked Chinese-student protest at McMaster worried about message targeting her son Nationalpost
    It was shocking enough, says Rukiye Turdush, that her talk on Uyghur human rights in China set off an indignant protest by Chinese students at an Ontario university. But now she’s worried that her son could be targeted by some of those students, after one of them messaged colleagues that they should look into the young man. Turdush had mentioned that her son was a student at Hamilton’s McMaster University, where she was giving the presentation. That apparently prompted the message on WeChat by a Chinese student videotaping her seminar. “I don’t know what they are planning, it’s quite disturbing,” the ... more
  • 3 days Yellow vests and rubber boot cowboys: Inside the pro-pipeline convoy heading to Ottawa Nationalpost
    EMERALD PARK, SASK. — It looked, and sounded, exactly what you’d expect of a truck convoy. Dozens of engines belching exhaust, amplified by the frigid prairie air and blowing through the parking lot at Gort’s Truck Wash in north Red Deer. The low rumble as they pulled out onto Alberta’s Highway 2, heading south. Then, an hour and a half later, an eastward turn onto the Trans Canada highway. The destination, Ottawa. The message, pipelines. The man to receive the message, Justin Trudeau. Even if nobody’s paying attention in Ottawa, the organizer hope people are paying attention in ridings ... more
  • 3 days Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Brampton girl’s death: Peel Police Nationalpost
    BRAMPTON, Ont. — Police say a father will be charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 11-year-old daughter after the girl’s body was found in his Brampton, Ont., home. Peel regional police say Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested near Orillia, Ont., late Thursday after an Amber Alert was issued for his daughter, Riya. Investigators have said the girl was supposed to be out celebrating her birthday with her father, who she did not live with. They say the child’s mother went to police on Thursday night alleging Rajkumar, her former boyfriend, had made comments indicating his intention to ... more
  • 3 days Scott Stinson: Why High Flying Bird, Soderbergh’s new basketball movie, is not really a sports movie Nationalpost -Sports
    Sports movies are notorious for their climactic scenes that are a little too perfect. The home run that explodes a light standard, the game-winning long touchdown catch that comes when the defence, mysteriously, forgets to guard against the deep ball. My favourite in the ridiculous-sports-endings genre comes in the 1994 film The Scout, in which Brendan Fraser plays a phenom pitcher who starts the World Series and proceeds — spoiler alert — to throw a perfect game. With 27 strikeouts. He throws 81 pitches, all strikes. Oh, and he hits a moonshot homer for the game’s only run. Bob Costas, playing ... more
  • 3 days Alberta minor hockey team criticized for ‘racist’ video forfeits season Nationalpost
    Parents of Fort McMurray minor hockey players whose team was criticized for an Indigenous locker-room dance say they’re forfeiting the season due to safety concerns. A social media video in January showed a boy beating his hockey stick against a trash-can lid as he and others jumped around and shouted to a song by Indigenous electronic group A Tribe Called Red. A statement shortly after from the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association apologized and called the actions by members of the Midget A Junior Oil Barons disrespectful. In a statement posted to Facebook this week, players’ parents say some of ... more
  • 3 days Great Bear Rainforest shines a light on a beautiful, fragile corner of our planet Nationalpost -Arts
    The newest big-screen nature documentary hits all the right notes. There’s science – we meet the spirit bear, a rare subspecies of the more common black bear, numbering only a few hundred individuals. We learn that its unique colouring may have evolved as a kind of camouflage for feeding on river fish. And we are introduced to British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest of the film’s title, the largest remaining temperate coastal rainforest on Earth, and a place of stunning natural beauty. . If you came to see majestic wildlife, director Ian McAllister obliges with footage ... more
  • 3 days Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are (probably!) engaged, according to their Instagram pics Nationalpost -Arts
    Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are reportedly engaged following a romantic Valentine’s Day proposal. The California Gurls hitmaker posted a loved up snap with Orlando on Instagram on Friday, in which she showed off a dazzling ring in a floral design with a pink jewel at its centre on what appeared to be her wedding finger. She captioned the image, which showed her cuddling up to her beau, simply: “Full bloom.” While Orlando later shared the same picture, captioning it: “Lifetimes.”
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  • 4 days ‘Jody Wilson-Raybould asked me if I was going to direct her … and I, of course, said no’: Trudeau Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it was former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould who asked him in the fall if he planned to tell her what to do in the prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin — a conversation, he says, that ended with him telling her any decision was hers alone. The meeting has become a key incident in the controversy over allegations that Wilson-Raybould was subjected to political arm-twisting to help the company avoid criminal prosecution. SNC-Lavalin faces the possibility of being banned from federal contracts — a key portion of its work — for a decade ... more
  • 4 days Jody Wilson-Raybould’s cabinet move came from Treasury Board president leaving: Trudeau Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Jody Wilson-Raybould would still be justice minister if it wasn’t for the resignation of former Treasury Board president Scott Brison, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday, downplaying suggestions she was moved for not giving into political arm-twisting. Trudeau said Brison’s decision to leave politics resulted in having to “move things around” on the team, including shuffling Wilson-Raybould into the veterans affairs portfolio. “One of the seniors members of our team stepped down and we had to move things around on the team,” Trudeau said. “If Scott Brison had not stepped down from cabinet, Jody Wilson-Raybould would still be ... more
  • 4 days Police dismayed at public complaints about Amber Alert for girl found dead in Brampton Nationalpost
    Police are expressing dismay after people called 911 to complain about an Amber Alert late Thursday night that resulted in the discovery of a missing 11-year-old girl. Peel Regional Police issued the alert at 11 p.m., several hours after 41-year-old Roopesh Rajkumar failed to return his daughter, Riya, to her mother. The girl who was allegedly abducted by her father Thursday has been found dead at a home west of Toronto, police said. He is set to appear at a Brampton courthouse Friday morning.
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  • 4 days Group of Indigenous senators says Wilson-Raybould resignation not a threat to reconciliation efforts Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Indigenous senators are urging calm in the wake of the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould, saying the loss of the prominent Indigenous cabinet minister is not a threat to reconciliation. Indigenous groups across Canada have expressed anger about the events leading to Wilson-Raybould’s terse exit on Tuesday, a week after the Globe and Mail reported that either Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or his staff pressured the justice minister to drop the prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin on corruption and bribery charges. Trudeau has denied trying to influence the Lavalin case and said he was surprised by Wilson-Raybould’s decision ... more
  • 4 days Tibetan-Canadian student politician, Uyghur rights activists come under attack by Chinese students in Canada Nationalpost
    Chemi Lhamo had barely claimed victory last week as student-union president at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus when it began: first a petition demanding she be removed from the post, then a torrent of online abuse. The calls came from what appeared to be Chinese students, insisting her long-standing advocacy for Tibetan independence was “irrational” and made her ineligible to represent the student body. Some simply wished for her to die or be raped. “People like u deserve a gunshot. Hope you go to hell immediately,” said a poster named caesssar_hsu on Instagram. “Why we elect a person who ... more
  • 4 days Game of nests? How woodland real estate helps red squirrels to thrive Nationalpost
    In the world of the Yukon’s red squirrels, being a man is all about your woodland real estate. A new study published in Ecology Letter looking at the territory’s North American red squirrels found that young males, who move into the empty nests of a successful squirrel, would have 50 per cent more pups than other red squirrels. They also live longer. Essentially, a young teenage squirrel that stumbles upon a tree nest full of hoarded food like the seeds of white spruce cones will fair better than his counterparts. “It’s like buying a home and finding a big pile ... more
  • 4 days Quebec premier wants federal government to settle with SNC-Lavalin ‘as soon as possible’ so firm avoids trial Nationalpost
    Quebec Premier Francois Legault says he wants the federal government to settle with engineering firm SNC-Lavalin “as soon as possible” in order to protect jobs and the company’s corporate headquarters in Montreal. The embattled firm is vulnerable to a foreign takeover, Legault told reporters Thursday in Quebec City. And the longer its legal troubles drag on, the greater the chance it could fall prey to another company, he said. “I want to do all we can do to protect this headquarters and protect the thousands of good, well-paying jobs we have at SNC-Lavalin.” The company has been lobbying the federal ... more
  • 4 days At least 30 Canadians at risk of potentially deadly infection after weight loss surgery in Mexico Nationalpost
    The Public Health Agency of Canada says at least 30 Canadians who had surgery at a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico are at risk of potentially deadly infection. But the agency isn’t sure, because of the difficulty in responding to health alerts in other countries. An investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control last month found Canadians underwent weight-loss surgeries at the Grand View Hospital in Tijuana, just like American patients who became infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria. Tijuana is right next to the U.S. border, close to San Diego. “It may be that we never know the ... more
  • 4 days Someone stole 30,000 litres of iceberg water from a vodka company Nationalpost
    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The remarkable theft of about 30,000 litres of iceberg water from a vodka company warehouse in Newfoundland has bewildered the firm’s owners. Iceberg Vodka CEO David Meyers said he and his staff were shocked on Monday morning to discover one of 10 tanks of water in the company’s Port Union, N.L., warehouse had been drained of its precious contents. Police are now investigating a theft valued between $9,000 and $12,000. The thieves took off with enough water to fill a tractor trailer tanker — equal to about 150,000 bottles of Iceberg vodka, according to Meyers. “We’re ... more
  • 4 days Ontario minister apologizes if comments over autism program ‘made anyone feel threatened’ Nationalpost
    WOODBRIDGE, Ont. — Ontario’s social services minister said Thursday that she was sorry if she made anyone feel threatened, after behaviour analysts said she warned them of consequences if they didn’t support her new autism program. Lisa MacLeod is resisting calls for her resignation in the wake of the comment, and her apology came late Thursday after the premier was peppered with questions about the remark. “It’s been an emotional time,” MacLeod wrote on Twitter. “This is an issue I take very personally, and I apologize if my comments made anyone feel threatened or uncomfortable.” Earlier Thursday, Premier Doug Ford ... more
  • 4 days Ontario teacher who secretly recorded students’ cleavage is guilty of voyeurism: high court Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — A high-school teacher who used a pen camera to surreptitiously take videos of female students is guilty of voyeurism, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. In a ground-breaking decision Thursday, the high court said the teenage students were entitled to a reasonable expectation they would not be secretly recorded by their instructor. Teacher Ryan Jarvis was charged with voyeurism after discovery of more than two dozen videos on his pen, many of which focused on the chests and cleavage area of students at the London, Ont., school. During 2010 and 2011, Jarvis made the recordings in different ... more
  • 4 days Scott Stinson: Is the Raptors’ fate simply a matter of who shoots the better deep ball? Nationalpost -Sports
    TORONTO – With about six minutes left in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Wizards, Serge Ibaka collected an offensive rebound for the Raptors and threw the ball to Kyle Lowry on the perimeter. Lowry elevated and drilled a long three-point shot, giving Toronto a five-point lead. The Raptors were missing Kawhi Leonard, and they had two new players in the lineup, Marc Gasol having another teammate now on what was an impromptu Jeremy Lin Night at Scotiabank Arena, but the home team was mostly handling a depleted Wizards team that is but a husk of ... more
  • 4 days Everybody Knows has a stellar setup, and is a great showcase for the sizzling Cruz and Bardem Nationalpost -Arts
    Writer/director Asghar Farhadi tends to make movies about Iranian families in difficult circumstances, and he’s been critically well-rewarded for his efforts. 2011’s A Separation won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film; 2013’s The Past was nominated for a Golden Globe in that category; and 2016’s The Salesman repeated the Oscar feat. So it’s a little strange to find him suddenly working in sunny Spain with two of that country’s most bankable stars in his newest, Everybody Knows. But the “difficult family circumstances” certainly remain. Penélope Cruz stars as Laura. She’s been living in Buenos Aires with her Argentine husband (Ricardo ... more
  • 4 days Trouble in the Garden is flawed but fascinating Nationalpost -Arts
    Trouble in the Garden is a well-meaning Canadian drama with a reach that exceeds its grasp. But its efforts, and the quality of the acting, already put it head-and-shoulders above most low-budget dramas, so let’s not be too hard on it. Cara Gee (Empire of Dirt) stars as Phillipa MacTavish, who is in the process of getting arrested as the film begins. The First Nations woman looks down at her mug-shot nameplate, then up at the camera: “My name is Raven,” she snarls. How “Raven” wound up with a name that sounds like she should be skipping through a field ... more
  • 4 days Impress your Valentine with recipes from Poh Ling Yeow Nationalpost -Arts
    Our cookbook of the week is Poh Bakes 100 Greats by Poh Ling Yeow, one of Australia’s best-loved cooking stars. To try a recipe from the book, check out: orange yogurt hearts with violet glaze and raspberries, flourless chocolate cake with Guinness ice cream and Persian love cake. “There’s something to be said about cooking from the heart and cooking with a certain intent,” says Poh Ling Yeow. “And it’s not always to be clever. It’s really cooking to nurture someone or touch some kind of feeling as well.” One of Australia’s best-loved cooking stars, Yeow’s culinary career began a ... more
  • 4 days Ryan Adams dangled success. Female artists say they paid a price. Nationalpost
    For nearly two decades, Ryan Adams, one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of his generation, has been heralded as a mercurial creative genius and a respected industry tastemaker. Equal parts punk-rock folk hero and romantic troubadour, Adams, 44, has 16 albums and seven Grammy nominations to his name. He has overseen music by Willie Nelson, written a Tim McGraw hit and recorded with John Mayer. He has also taken a special interest in the trajectory of female artists, especially younger ones, championing them onstage, across social media and in the studio, where his stamp of approval can jump-start careers. Some ... more
  • 4 days If you die alone and unloved, will your pet eat you? A National Post Valentine’s Day investigation Nationalpost
    National Post reporters Marie-Danielle Smith and Tyler Dawson are hopelessly single. Well, maybe not hopelessly, but single — and since both are staring 30 in the face, they are naturally beginning to wonder whether they will die alone and unloved. Perhaps someone will find their bodies before they putrefy. Perhaps not. However, if Marie-Danielle and Tyler do die alone, will their beloved pets — so sweet and loving in life — feast on their corpses? Would they even wait until the bodies have cooled? This Valentine’s Day, the National Post investigates this important question. Fair warning: the facts are disgusting. — ... more
  • 5 days Mentally ill woman in Toronto Canadian Tire terror attack sentenced to seven years in prison Nationalpost
    TORONTO — A woman convicted of terror charges for attacking workers at a Canadian Tire store in Toronto was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday after a judge found her mental illness played a key role in her crimes. Rehab Dughmosh, 34, was found guilty of four terrorism charges for attacking store workers with a golf club and a butcher’s knife while draped in an ISIL banner in June 2017 and for trying to travel to Syria join the terrorist organization the year before. Justice Maureen Forestell said Dughmosh’s mental illness, likely schizophrenia, played a central role in her ... more
  • 5 days Here are the witnesses the Liberals plan to call to the justice committee — and the big names they left out Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — The opposition parties went into Wednesday’s meeting of the Commons justice committee seeking an in-depth investigation of the events leading to former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet. Instead they got a Liberal motion that appears to set up a more academic study of the legal issues at play — and fails to invite key players in the story, including Wilson-Raybould herself. The Liberals also voted down a motion to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to waive solicitor-client privilege on the matter. “That is not an investigation, that is just simply going through the motions,” said ... more
  • 5 days Therapists says Lisa MacLeod threatened them if they did not support new autism program Nationalpost
    Ontario’s minister in charge of the recently revamped autism program told an association of behaviour analysts that it would be a long four years for them if they did not publicly support the changes, the group said Wednesday. The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis said in a note to members that Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod and her staff requested a quote of support a few days before the new program was announced. The association said the minister made the request without providing full details of the new program — which they say will leave many children ... more
  • 5 days Federal government official at centre of Mark Norman case charged for allegedly leaking information Nationalpost
    A federal official at the centre of the case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman has been charged with breach of trust for allegedly disclosing government information to unauthorized individuals. Matthew Matchett is expected to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on March 5 after RCMP charged him Wednesday. It is alleged that Matchett unlawfully disclosed government information to unauthorized parties, according to an RCMP news release. “This concludes an extensive criminal investigation which first began in December 2015, when the RCMP received a complaint alleging that cabinet confidence information about a Canadian naval supply ship contract had been leaked.” Norman is himself charged with ... more
  • 5 days ‘People were shivering, children were bored’: Revamped Quebec winter carnival draws wrath of public Nationalpost
    MONTREAL — Organizers of Quebec City’s winter carnival learned this week the depth of anger they risk facing if they mess with one of the city’s most beloved winter traditions — or its snowman mascot, Bonhomme. After changing the format of its famous parade, the Carnaval de Quebec received an avalanche of scathing reviews on its Facebook page, some reporting that organizational failures at the event left children in tears. The criticism focused on lengthy delays, choice of location and a new format where spectators waited at designated “stations” for music, theatre and dance troupes to arrive and perform. Other ... more
  • 5 days Photos show alleged gunman reaching into jacket as he approaches Mafia-linked murder victim Nationalpost
    Homicide detectives released clear images of the suspected gunman in the murder of the son of a well-known Hamilton Mafia family that show him reaching into his jacket pocket — likely for his gun — as he walks towards his victim’s house. The man is believed to have followed Cece Luppino, 43, into the garage of his Mountain Brow Blvd. home at about 3:10 p.m. on Jan. 30, and shot him dead. Luppino, who was recently married, was home alone at the time. About 5:55 p.m., police received a 911 call from a family member who had returned home and ... more
  • 5 days Here’s what Quebec’s francophone pundits are saying about Jody Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — In the ongoing debate over the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin and what kind of “pressure” was put on ex-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to prevent it, the pundit classes of Quebec and the rest of Canada are singing different songs. Since the Globe and Mail published a report last week alleging the Prime Minister’s Office pushed Wilson-Raybould to help the company avoid prosecution, a chorus of voices in Quebec has sought to defend the Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin, its importance to the provincial and national economy and the appropriateness of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s desire to save some 8,600 Canadian jobs. The ... more
  • 5 days A new study links ready-to-eat and other highly processed food to an earlier death Nationalpost -Arts
    Despite common sense and the mounting body of evidence suggesting regular consumption of junk food is a sure-fire way to degrade our health, we’re still eating it to a staggering degree. In Canada, nearly half of an adult’s daily diet is comprised of ultra-processed food, according to 2017 research by Heart & Stroke. A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine adds to the compelling reasons to rethink both reliance on convenience foods and the social inequalities it reflects. Researchers in France tracked more than 44,000 people over seven years and found a link between eating a diet rich in heavily ... more
  • 5 days Ex-gymnastics coach Dave Brubaker not guilty of sexual assault and sexual exploitation Nationalpost
    SARNIA, Ont. — A former high-ranking gymnastics coach has been found not guilty of sexual assault and sexual exploitation. Justice Deborah Austin handed down the decision for Dave Brubaker in a Sarnia, Ont., courtroom today. Brubaker, the former head coach of the women’s national team, was accused of sexually assaulting a young gymnast years ago. At the beginning of the trial in October, the woman who is now in her 30s testified that Brubaker would kiss her on the lips to say hello and goodbye starting when she was 12 years old. She also said he touched her inappropriately during ... more
  • 5 days Even with the big-budget CGI, Alita: Battle Angel is stocked with cardboard villains and wooden dialogue Nationalpost -Arts
    Alita: Battle Angel is set in the far future. We know this because it does all those far-future things we’ve come to expect from science-fiction movies. In the future, most people will have futuristic names like Zapan or Vector or Dr. Dyson Ido, while others will go deliberately old school, like Hugo. The ruling elite will live in a shiny, floating metropolis while the hoi polloi scratch about on the ground and barter for oranges and hemp, the Earth having become a giant, irradiated farmers’ market. Oh, and there will be a violent gladiatorial game played on roller skates. But ... more
  • 5 days The new era of extreme exercise is turning the ‘no pain, no gain’ mantra into a religious principle Nationalpost -Arts
    The red room at Barry’s is a state-of-the-art torture chamber. It’s no joke. A sleek box of bodily persecution bathed in scarlet light and lined wall-to-wall with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, it teems with instruments of abuse, sophisticated means of torment: cruel devices of calf-punishment and hamstring-ache, alien calorie-loss machines calibrated to inflict maximum trauma. In the red room, agony is meted out by sadists incapable of dissimulating their glee — splenetic pain-gurus who delight in the suffering of their victims and who boast, mid-session, of the imaginative violence still to come. Who are these lunatic tyrants, these ruthless wardens of sweat ... more
  • 5 days Cook this: Persian love cake from Poh Bakes 100 Greats for Valentine’s Day Nationalpost -Arts
    Our cookbook of the week is Poh Bakes 100 Greats by Poh Ling Yeow, one of Australia’s best-loved cooking stars. Tomorrow, we’ll feature an interview with its author. To try another recipe from the book, check out: orange yogurt hearts with violet glaze and raspberries, and flourless chocolate cake with Guinness ice cream. Pretty in pink and green, and scented with cardamom and rosewater, Poh Ling Yeow’s Persian love cake is a winner on several fronts. It’s a gorgeous, gluten-free option by nature and exceptionally easy to make. The fairly dense, golden stunner uses a muffin method (simply mixing dry ... more
  • 5 days Toronto woman, 19, faces three charges after allegedly throwing chair from condo balcony Nationalpost
    TORONTO — A 19-year-old woman is facing charges for allegedly throwing furniture off a highrise balcony in downtown Toronto. Police announced the charges against the woman this morning, two days after a video appearing to show the incident went viral and investigators launched a public appeal to identify her. Const. David Hopkinson says the woman turned herself in this morning and will appear in court later in the day. Video of the woman circulated online. Marcella Zoia of Toronto is charged with one count each of mischief endangering life, mischief endangering property under $5,000 and ... more
  • 6 days Liberals accused of ‘coverup’ as justice committee limits scope of probe on Wilson-Raybould affair Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Liberals faced accusations of a coverup Wednesday after they agreed to hold limited committee hearings into an allegation that former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was improperly pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. Their short list of three proposed witnesses does not include Wilson-Raybould, who resigned from cabinet Tuesday. The five Liberal MPs on the House of Commons justice committee used their majority to block an opposition motion that would have seen the committee hear from nine key players in the controversy, including Wilson-Raybould, current Justice Minister David Lametti, clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick and senior ... more
  • 6 days Trudeau goes on the attack after former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s shock resignation Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went on the offensive Tuesday evening after former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s sudden resignation from cabinet. In his strongest statement to date, Trudeau repeatedly said he was “surprised and disappointed” by Wilson-Raybould’s decision, which came amid allegations she was pressured by the Prime Minister’s Office to help construction giant SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. Trudeau claimed her resignation was “not consistent” with conversations they had recently. “In regards to the matter of SNC-Lavalin, let me be direct,” he told reporters in Winnipeg. “The government of Canada did its job and to the clear public standards expected ... more
  • 6 days ‘She’s in a hard place’: Solicitor-client and cabinet rules bind Wilson-Raybould from speaking Nationalpost
    Hours before Jody Wilson-Raybould told him she was resigning from cabinet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to the reasons for her silence. “I respect her view that, due to privilege, she can’t comment or add on matters recently before the media,” he told reporters. “I also highlight that we’re bound by cabinet confidentiality. In our system of governance, her presence in cabinet should speak for itself.” Now no longer in cabinet, one wonders what that says about the situation. To cynics, though, it may seem a cop out to prevent a public airing of Wilson-Raybould’s side on alarming allegations, recently revealed in ... more
  • 6 days Liberal MPs on justice committee under spotlight as opposition demands probe of SNC-Lavalin affair Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Parliament is on a break week, the House of Commons is quiet and a massive snowstorm has brought Ottawa to a standstill. But just across Wellington Street from Parliament Hill, a government committee building will see an intense political showdown on Wednesday as the Liberals battle the biggest crisis of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s tenure so far. The Commons justice committee is set to debate an opposition motion to investigate whether the Prime Minister’s Office tried to pressure then Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in a corruption case against Quebec construction giant SNC-Lavalin. It appears increasingly likely ... more
  • 6 days Cost to taxpayers for Mark Norman prosecution may never be known Nationalpost
    Taxpayers may never know how much it cost them to prosecute Vice Admiral Mark Norman or even the number of federal employees involved in presenting the government’s case in court. Norman’s legal battle started in early 2017 and are now bogged down in a pre-trial hearing where his lawyers have been trying to get federal records they contend are needed to defend the officer against one count of breach of trust. The Public Prosecution Service of Canada noted in an email to Postmedia it will not be releasing what it has spent to date compiling the case against the senior ... more
  • 6 days ‘Yeeeah it’s him’: Vancouver writer sues Twitter over its rule against misgendering trans people Nationalpost
    A feminist writer in Vancouver claims in a new lawsuit that Twitter banned her for using a male pronoun for the transwoman complainant in a human rights dispute over access to genital waxing at beauty salons. “Yeeeah it’s him,” Meghan Murphy tweeted about an image of the complainant, which she claims Twitter cited as the reason for being kicked off the social media site. The claim in Superior Court of California is technically over breach of contract and violation of unfair competition law. It asks for an order forcing Twitter to stop enforcing its rule against misgendering trans people, and ... more
  • 6 days SNC-Lavalin could face criminal charges over Montreal bridge contract, court documents reveal Nationalpost
    MONTREAL — Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge, court documents show. In December, Quebec court approved a request by prosecutors to retain until June thousands of documents seized by the RCMP in connection with an investigation that drew on more than two dozen witnesses. If the provincial prosecution service pushes ahead with the four potential fraud charges outlined in court filings, the embattled engineering giant would face a legal battle on another front. In October, federal prosecutors told SNC-Lavalin they ... more
  • 6 days Saskatchewan’s justice minister says carbon tax case likely headed to Supreme Court Nationalpost
    REGINA — Saskatchewan’s attorney general says he has no doubt the province’s constitutional challenge of Ottawa’s imposition of a carbon tax will end up in the Supreme Court of Canada. Don Morgan notes both the province and Canada have the right to appeal a ruling from the Saskatchewan Appeal Court, which is to hear two days of arguments starting Wednesday. Morgan said the provincial government will urge Ottawa to hold off on imposing the levy while the issue is before the courts, but will not seek an injunction to stop it. The federal carbon tax is set to take effect ... more
  • 6 days Read the full, annotated text of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation letter Nationalpost
    1. Jody Wilson-Raybould was veterans minister for only 29 days after she was demoted from justice minister in a cabinet shuffle sparked by Scott Brison’s retirement last month. 2. The former minister thanks all Canadians, but she does not specifically thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose office is accused of pressuring her to abandon the prosecution of a case against SNC-Lavalin. By contrast, Brison’s resignation letter glowingly mentions Trudeau seven times. 3. Wilson-Raybould says a lot of thank-yous but at no point does she actually explain why she is resigning. 4. Due to her former role as attorney general, Wilson-Raybould ... more
  • 6 days John Ivison: Just another day at the office for a government that looks increasingly grubby Nationalpost
    In the words of parody news anchor Ron Burgundy: “Boy, that escalated quickly.” Jody Wilson-Raybould’s letter resigning from cabinet Tuesday — in which she thanked all Canadians but, conspicuously, not Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — has left the impression that we have a caricature of a government, as buffoonish and clueless as Burgundy and his news team. Trudeau, a self-proclaimed feminist, appears to have been mansplaining when he said Wilson-Raybould’s presence in cabinet “should speak for itself.” A matter of hours later, the former justice minister tendered her resignation, which really does speak for itself. She obviously did not agree ... more
  • 6 days Doctors snooped into Humboldt Broncos patient records, privacy commissioner finds Nationalpost
    REGINA — Saskatchewan’s privacy commissioner has found several people inappropriately gained access to the electronic health records of the Humboldt Broncos team members involved in a deadly bus crash last April. Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured in the crash between the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi trailer at a rural Saskatchewan intersection on April 6, 2018. “This has been a major tragedy in our province and I’m disappointed that people got tempted,” information and privacy commissioner Ronald Kruzeniski said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Monday. “Now that it’s happened … it’s my ... more
  • 6 days Happy Death Day 2U suffers from a serious case of déja vu Nationalpost -Arts
    The sequel to Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, is much like its predecessor — except that this time, it’s a Groundhog Day-inspired comedy-slasher where a young woman is forced to relive her death over and over again; that also acts as a sci-fi romance and melodrama; and includes elements from classic heist films while throwing in a Breaking Bad reference. It might be tempting to suggest that the returning filmmakers from Happy Death Day embraced a kitchen sink mentality, but if one had been available, there’s little doubt faucets and a basin would have made their way into ... more
  • 6 days Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister, resigns from federal cabinet Nationalpost
    Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is quitting the federal cabinet days after allegations became public the Prime Minister’s Office pressured the former justice minister to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. In a letter published on her website Tuesday (screenshot below), Wilson-Raybould says she has hired former Supreme Court judge Thomas Cromwell to tell her what she can say about “matters that have been in the media over the last week.” Wilson-Raybould’s letter does not say exactly why she’s quitting. It does say she will continue to serve as MP for the riding of Vancouver-Granville.
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  • 6 days Isn’t It Romantic absolutely is, continuing the trend towards a new golden age of rom-com Nationalpost -Arts
    It might be a little early to declare this a new golden age of romantic comedies, but let’s at least admit it’s a solid silver. From traditional cinema (Crazy Rich Asians, Love, Simon) to Netflix (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) to television (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and even the old internet (the delightful micro-series Quirky Female Protagonist), there’s no shortage of rom-com fare out there. And what data there is proves a desire for it; Crazy Rich Asians was the 17th highest-grossing film of 2018, or third highest if you strip away every sequel, remake ... more
  • 6 days Cook this: Flourless chocolate cake with Guinness ice cream from Poh Bakes 100 Greats Nationalpost -Arts
    Our cookbook of the week is Poh Bakes 100 Greats by Poh Ling Yeow, one of Australia’s best-loved cooking stars. Over the next two days, we’ll feature recipes from the book and an interview with its author. To try another recipe from the book, check out: orange yogurt hearts with violet glaze and raspberries. If for you, Valentine’s Day means one thing and one thing only – chocolate! – look no further than Poh Ling Yeow’s flourless cake. Paired with Guinness ice cream (she thoughtfully includes instructions for both churned and unchurned versions), it epitomizes the magic equation for happiness: ... more
  • 6 days In defence of grocery store sushi Nationalpost -Arts
    At a time when spicy tuna rolls have become as common as tuna fish sandwiches, it can be difficult to imagine things ever being different. But the concept of eating raw fish and seaweed wasn’t always so mainstream. When sushi was first brought to North America in the 1960s, many sushi chefs struggled to attract diners unfamiliar with the glories of nigiri and maki. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that there would be disputing accounts of the creation of the California roll — a clever concoction of cooked crabmeat and inside out rice. Looking to broaden sushi’s transcontinental appeal, it would seem ... more
  • 6 days All you need is Runaway Bride to prove exactly why Julia Roberts remains America’s sweetheart Nationalpost -Arts
    Throughout the year, the National Post will be running a weekly series celebrating the films that made 1999 one of cinema’s high-water marks. We continue this week with Runaway Bride, the Julia Roberts rom-com that comes closest to explaining the seemingly everlasting appeal of America’s sweetheart. On a recent first date, I spent 10 minutes recounting the plot to My Best Friend’s Wedding to a man who’d never seen it. We went out a few more times after that, but it didn’t work out. It couldn’t. I was eight years old when I saw the movie in theatres with my sister and ... more
  • 6 days Why Canada is unwilling to put even its most heinous murderers permanently behind bars Nationalpost
    Together, the crimes of Bruce McArthur and Alexandre Bissonnette extinguished up to 510 years of human life and guaranteed decades of nightmares and trauma among the shattered communities they targeted. There was federal legislation and even judicial precedent to ensure that both men would be guaranteed to die in prison. And yet, on Friday judges in two provinces ruled otherwise, even going so far as to unilaterally rewrite legislation to do so. The fate of Alexandre and Bissonnette may be the most glaring example yet that there is no crime heinous enough in Canada to stop a killer from one ... more
  • 6 days Can we still consider the Grammys a valid measure of success? Nationalpost -Arts
    On the day after the Grammy Awards, the conversation among music fans and pop-culture aficionados is almost always centred around who didn’t win. “They chose Taylor Swift over Kendrick Lamar?” “Who actually thought Beck’s album was better than Beyoncé’s?” This year, in the aftermath of the sometimes ludicrous four-hour broadcast, we have been talking about a winner — but not for the reason anyone affiliated with the ceremony would prefer. After winning Best Rap Song of the year for “God’s Plan,” Drake launched into a lengthy acceptance speech, saying, “This is a business where sometimes it’s up to a bunch ... more
  • 6 days George Clooney slams media for publishing Duchess of Sussex’ private letter to estranged father Nationalpost -Arts
    George Clooney has slammed the media for subjecting Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex to the same treatment as her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. The actor, who is a friend of the British royal and her husband Prince Harry and attended their royal wedding with his wife Amal last May (18), gave the warning after U.K. tabloid the Mail on Sunday published a letter Meghan reportedly wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. According to the Press Association, during a panel discussion promoting his new Hulu show Catch-22 in Pasadena, California on Monday (11Feb19), George criticised those hounding the pregnant Duchess. “I ... more
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